I am reading the comments and I do want to share that we are looking very closely at the science and math GPA worksheet that each applicant submits. We go through and make sure you listed all of your science and math classes, but errors do happen on your part or ours. The reason why we look at that GPA specifically is because sometimes people go to college and into a career and find it isn't for them, but they may not have gotten very good grades. Then they mature a little bit, go into nursing, and their grades significantly improve! We try to throw out the classes that will not really impact your success at St. Mary's, but of course the overall GPA does impact if you can be admitted to the school. Our overall requirement for SGPP is 2.75, which is generous.
Secondly, we are one of the last master's programs in the country, so we are very competitive, nationwide. This is not a referendum on you as a nurse or a candidate. The competition is fierce right now. The average science and math GPA was 3.5.
Third, we are looking for one full year of ICU experience at least before you apply to the program. If you went right to the ICU after graduation, and have not been in the ICU for a full year already, there is a good chance we set your application aside until next year, should you choose to reapply.
Lastly, we are looking for that Chemistry class that we require to apply to our program. You can still apply, as Daniel Lawrence will tell you, but it does make us wary of those candidates. If your GPA was very very high and your experience was amazing we might still look at your file, but we are scrutinizing everything even more closely. If you want to be guaranteed to be looked at, you do need to take the class. We don't have time to monitor Chemistry classes for 32 new students over the next nine months. If for any reason someone doesn't get a 'B' or higher, we cannot admit them. This is a huge gamble for us as a school.
Thanks everyone! We will start interviews this week, and once we know our DNP is a go I will post here about a new opportunity to re-apply. You are all amazing candidates, so do not give up hope. The best of us apply more than once and persist until we achieve what we want!